“Professional sports teams in NJ may return to training and even competition – if their leagues choose to move in that direction. We have been in constant discussions with teams about necessary protocols to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, and personnel,” wrote Murphy in a statement posted to his Twitter account.
Statement from the Giants:
“Governor Murphy and his administration continue to guide New Jerseyans through this very difficult time. We have been in close contact with Governor Murphy’s staff to comply with the state’s protocols throughout. With today’s announcement by the governor, we are finalizing our plans to reopen the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. We will continue to have as many employees as possible working remotely. For employees who need to return to work at our facility, we expect to begin that process next week, and we will do so in a systematic and safe way that adheres to the state’s guidelines and NFL protocols.”
The NFL Players Association has not yet agreed to let players return to facilities.
Players: our union has not agreed to any reopening plan. Any reports about coming back to work are hypothetical. You will hear from the NFLPA when there are new developments.— JC Tretter (@JCTretter) May 26, 2020
NFL facilities are not yet open to full teams or to coaching staffs.
Announcement today by Gov. Murphy means the Giants can open their training and practice facility but with strict limitations.— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) May 26, 2020
No coaches allowed in yet.
And only players allowed in the building are those rehabbing from injuries.
Could some type of on-field work be held before training camp?
Original dates for Giants mandatory minicamp, way back in February, was June 9-11. That's two weeks from today.— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) May 26, 2020
That minicamp would seem unlikely. There is the possibility, though, that some type of training camp could be held in East Rutherford later this summer.